TWiV 43: Virus classification

2 August 2009

twiv-200Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier

In episode 43 of the podcast “This Week in Virology”, Vincent and Dick explain virus classification, and revisit the 1976 swine flu immunization campaign and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

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Links for this episode:
International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV)
CBS 60 Minutes on 1976 swine flu vaccine (thanks Gus and Swiss compass!)
Vaccines and Guillain-Barré
NINDS Guillain-Barré Information
Reflections on the 1976 swine flu vaccination program
Swine influenza outbreak at Fort Dix, 1976

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